Juveniles and minors are certainly capable of committing crimes, just as adults are, and the criminal justice system has laws that are specially designed to handle juvenile offenders. Being a minor does not mean you give up any constitutional rights, but questions over how minors in Maryland’s criminal justice system are handled are currently causing some controversy.
Minors in the System
Generally, the criminal justice system treats minors differently than adults for a number of reasons. The first is that the law recognizes that minors are not fully formed in terms of logic, decision making, or maturity.